Paros Parikia

Information about Parikia

Parikia Paros: Also called Paros Town or Hora, Parikia is the capital of Paros Greece and has about 3,000 inhabitants. Parikia was built on the same site where the ancient city and capital used to stand. This little town is the commercial and cultural centre of Paros as well as the main harbour of the island, serving many other islands. For the numerous connections Paros offers, thousands of visitors visit Parikia during summer just to catch a connection for another island.

Parikia is built amphitheatrically around the port and has a typical Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed cubic and flat roofed houses with spare architectural lines and coloured wooden doors, windows and balconies. On the entrance of the port, a superb whitewashed windmill welcomes the visitors and constitutes the trademark of Paros. The bus station and taxi station are located nearby.

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Numerous restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars and night clubs are lining the one side of the coast road (which is closed for the cars during the evening) while the town's beach is boarding the second part of the road.

A few minutes walking from the port will take you to the heart of the traditional Cycladic settlement of Parikia, which is clustered around the hill of Kastro (Castle). This quarter is typically Cycladic, full of whitewashed two-storey houses with coloured windows, doors and balconies and old mansions, separated by narrow whitewashed streets forming a labyrinth.

The castle, called Kastro, was built during the 13th century on the highest point of the town. Material and columns from an ancient temple, that used to stand on the same place, were used for the construction of Kastro. Nowadays, only part of the wall and a tower remain from the Venetian castle.

Many churches surround the area of Kastro such as the Panagia Septemvriani (The Virgin of September), the Church of Agia Eleni (Saint Helen) and the most important and oldest of all, the beautiful Byzantine church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of the Hundred Gates), which is considered as one of the most important Byzantine monuments still standing in Greece; this church also houses a fine museum.

Another interesting museum is the Archaeological Museum of Paros, located behind the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani and exhibits a collection of various findings dating from the Neolithic and Roman periods. Other very interesting sites to visit nearby Parikia are the ruins of Asclepieion, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Eileithyia (Truth), the Temple of Zeus Ypatos and more.

How to get to Parikia

There are many different ways to get to Parikia from any location on the island.
Airport to Parikia: 10.7 km / 6.6 miles |  Naoussa to Parikia: 10.7 km / 6.6 miles | Golden Beach to Parikia: 20 km / 12.4 miles

Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Paros transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800 or book your taxi online.

Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Paros with as little as 14 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Parikia and many other places of interest in Paros at their own pace.

Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the main port of Paros (Parikia). There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Paros airport to Parikia: There’s a bus station outside the airport building. The buses that depart from there take visitors to the main bus station in Parikia village, which is 10.7 km away.
From Paros port to Parikia: The central bus station is located at the main port of Paros (Parikia). 
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.

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    5 Reviews
    • mrnickers60 16 Jun 2012
      My favourite restaurants in Parikia
      I have visited Paros every year since 2002, and have dined in many of its restaurants, and my top 3 in no particular order are as follows.
      Porfira, a few minutes walk east of the ferry quay, serves excellent seafood dishes, from simply grilled fresh fish, to the more unusual such as sea urchin and oysters, and wonderful kakavia.
      Ouzeri Mouraggio, a similar walk the other way from the ferry quay serves great traditional taverna fare and meze, especially the grilled octopus and cheese and spinach pies.
      Apollon Garden in the chora is my final choice, situated in a magnificent walled garden, with a more refined cuisine and excellent wine list, together with photos of the rich and famous who have dined there.
      Apart from the great food that these establishments serve, what always makes them stand out for me is the hosts who make every visit welcoming and memorable.
    • paul.watkins 22 Jan 2011
      Perfect place
      I have been coming to Paros for over 30 years. Parikia is a fantastic town, with everything you need for a great holiday. Brilliant Restaurants (Hibiscus, Paros Family Taverna), lovely beaches- Krios is great for kids (fab taverna, clean beach, new clean toilets) and has free sunloungers. If you can, stay in the Old Town, it is the most convienient and the prettiest.
    • carolin 19 Sep 2010
      More of a quarter than castle
      Not actually a Castle but an old quarter. It has this name because it used to be the main town a couple of decades ago. The town was surrounded by castle walls. When piracy ended in the Aegean at the end of the 19th century, the town spred out of the castle, too. Today, this quarter has old houses, narrow arched streets and many gift shops. There are some rooms to rent, too, but not very good because buildings are old. Nice place to walk.
    • elenabulg 28 May 2010
      Interesting experience to see other religion
      My husband is a great culture lover and he insisted on going to the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, the main church of Paros obviously. This is a beautiful monastery and it actually has five smaller churches. We saw nice things from older times in this monastery complex in Parikia, the capital of Paros. There was an ancient baptistery with marble baptizing tub and interesting icons in the churches.

      My husband was very fascinated by the Byzantine museum inside the temple. It had a collection of various heirlooms and icons from the Byzantium period, some gospels and clothes of priests. It is always fascinating to see aspects of other religions and visiting this monastery was a nice experience in Paros. We believe a Greek island is not only the beaches and the villages, it is also the culture, the museums, the religion and the people.
    • 26 Jul 2006
      Nice village but dirty beach
      Nationality: French

      Age: 37

      Date on the island: July 2006

      I got to the village by boat

      My accommodation is situated at Krios and it took me 40 minutes to reach the village. The conditions of the roads are good

      The trip to reach the village was very beautiful but a little stressing with children

      The village was perfectly indicated.

      I went to this particular village because it is the main village of the island of Paros and read about its beauty in the ?Guide du routard?

      Description: Parikia is a picturesque and authentic village located by the sea. It is located in the middle of beautiful surroundings. It was a fishing port that was turned into a touristy industry with a great amount of restaurants and hotels.

      There are too much cigarettes on the beach of the village, plastic bags in the sea and it is a pitty that people do not think more ecology. Local people and authorities should think to protect their beautiful island.

      The village of Parikia has everything to offer: telephone, bamks, restaurants, shops, bars, internet cafes etc?

      The village met my expectations and I rate it 8/10

      My favorite thing about the village: The views

      Anything negative: No except the fact that they should clean the beach

      I will come again in the village